Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards

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Note: This thread is about Mileage Upgrade Awards, which are Sky Miles upgrades that upgrade your coach seat to First Class, Delta One or Premium Select.

Important Details:
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  • Your underlying fare class remains Economy, and you are technically still booked as an economy passenger.
  • You are granted all inflight & airport benefits of having that upgraded seat (i.e. Premium security line, Sky Club access on international flights, etc).
  • You earn miles based on your original Main Cabin fare.
  • Mileage Upgrade Award prices are set by route and do not fluctuate based on the cash price of the upgrade.
  • Delta no longer publishes the miles required by route to upgrade, and the numbers below is a FT best attempt to collect this data; it may not be accurate.
  • Mileage Upgrade Awards are confirmed after your coach ticket is booked (though could be in the same phone call with an agent who has checked for upgrade space before booking)
  • The only way to use Mileage Upgrade Awards is by calling Delta--there is no online option.
  • This Wiki contains only minimal information about upgrading to and from Premium Select; please share information as you gather it, either by updating the wiki or posting in the thread.
  • You must be booked in an upgradeable fare class to upgrade. It is possible to buy up to an upgradeable coach fare class and then upgrade with miles.


How to Upgrade with Delta Sky Miles
  • You can Either:
    • Call Delta and ask to book a flight that has Mileage Upgrade Awards available and then purchase and upgrade the flight at the same time with that agent. Inventory is highly limited.
    • OR, call Delta to upgrade a flight you have already booked. When you call they will either process the upgrade or tell you that there are no upgrades available.
      • If an upgrade is not available, it is possible to waitlist.
        • Mileage Upgrade Awards that are waitlisted do not transfer to the Airport Upgrade List (for gate upgrade) and cannot be cleared at the gate.
        • There have been rare exceptions reported to this rule. If you want to attempt to clear your upgrade at the airport on day of departure, speak with a red coat. This is against policy and will not usually work, but some have reported success.
  • If you want to upgrade a flight that you have already booked the change fee should be waived for this upgrade. Ask for a supervisor if this is challenged.
  • The Delta agent may offer you either Delta Upgrade Awards or Upgrade with Miles (see details below). Confirm you are getting the lowest mile option.
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NOTE: Delta offers an additional upgrade option which is called Upgrade with Miles. These upgrades are available on US Domestic flights only and are a pay with miles type of upgrade. (meaning that, unlike Mileage Upgrade Awards, the amount of miles needed fluctuates based on the cash price of an upgrade). When you use Upgrade with Miles you will earn miles for your flight based on the cabin flown, as you have now paid (with miles) to change your ticket to a premium cabin ticket (vs an upgraded coach ticket). The mileage amounts listed in this thread are not for this program. To use Upgrade with Miles you need to log into your reservation and check for an upgrade offer or call Delta and ask. Upgrade with Miles typically requires more miles to upgrade than Mileage Upgrade Awards.
In order to use Mileage Upgrade Awards from Main Cabin or Comfort+ to First Class or Delta One, you need to be booked in the correct fare class:
  • Within North America and northern South America you can upgrade when booked in: Y/B/M/H/Q/K/L/U/T
  • For all other markets you can upgrade when booked in: Y/B/M//H/Q/K
    • You can see your booking class by logging into your reservation. Directly under your seat assignment it will say your cabin and your booking class. For example: MAIN CABIN (Q)
The wiki needs to be updated to include information about upgrading to and from Delta Premium Select.

Prices for the following markets as quoted by multiple reservations agents.

Other thread of potential interest:

Pricing is one-way


US/Canada/Mexico/Caribbean First Class (Most North America routes except for flights that offer Delta One)
Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
L/U/T: 30,000 miles

Domestic Delta One Routes (domestic transcon & Hawaii routes that offer Delta One service such as JFK-LAX, LAX-DCA, ATL-HNL, etc)
Y/B/M: 23,000 miles
H/Q/K: 28,000 miles
L/U/T: 40,000 miles

US-Hawaii (Except for Delta One routes MSP/ATL/JFK/DTW-HNL. For these routes, see Domestic Transcontinental Premium Routes )
Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
L/U/T: 30,000 miles

US-Northern South America
Y/B/M: 30,000 miles
H/Q/K: 45,000 miles
L/U/T: 55,000 miles

US-Southern South America
Y/B/M: 40,000 miles
H/Q/K: 60,000 miles

US-Europe:
Main Cabin to Delta One:
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 65,000 miles

Main Cabin to Premium Select:
Y/B/M: 25,000 miles
H/Q/K: 35,000 miles

Premium Select to Delta One:
P/A/G: 40,000 miles

US-Northern Asia (Japan/Korea/China):
Main Cabin to Delta One:
Y/B/M: 45,000 miles
H/Q/K: 70,000 miles

Premium Select to Delta One
P/A/G: 45,000 miles

US-Southeast/Southwest Asia, Micronesia, Southwest Pacific:
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles

US-Africa (incl. South Africa)
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles

US-Middle East
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles
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Old Nov 20, 18, 8:16 pm
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It's been 60K miles for K for quite some time -- https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delt...ing-miles.html
Not quite the same, but not a significant difference. Prior to the 60K rate for H/Q/K fares, only Y/B/M fares were eligible for mileage upgrades on long-haul international routes.

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65K, per leg/person, is the same rate I was quoted (a few weeks ago) for a trip in late February.
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Old Nov 21, 18, 7:53 am
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Does anyone know what is included in domestic premium routes? Is it just JFK-LAX/SFO as is mentioned in the wiki, or is it any transcontinental with D1? Specifically Iím looking at booking SEA-JFK on a flight with D1 and want to know the cost to upgrade from a K fare to D1.
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Can you GUC/Waitlist *and* UG using miles, see which one breaks first, then have the other yanked?
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Originally Posted by jasonl5 View Post
Does anyone know what is included in domestic premium routes? Is it just JFK-LAX/SFO as is mentioned in the wiki, or is it any transcontinental with D1? Specifically I’m looking at booking SEA-JFK on a flight with D1 and want to know the cost to upgrade from a K fare to D1.
All of the domestic D1 flights should be the same.

Edited to add: I updated the wiki for clarification. Combined all North America first class routes that have the same mileage level, and expanded transcon routes to include all premium transcon routes.

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Old Nov 21, 18, 7:39 pm
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Done a few mileage upgrades to Europe in the last year on K fares, quoted 65K and paid 65K also. Never offered 60K.
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Can you GUC/Waitlist *and* UG using miles, see which one breaks first, then have the other yanked?
Mileage and cert upgrades come out of the same inventory bucket.
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Old Nov 23, 18, 8:19 am
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I have a non-refundable ticket to Asia that expires by 12/32/2019 and unfortunately due to family plans I cannot travel in that time period. Does anyone have any insight how I might be able to redress this or convince Delta to push the expiration date back?
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I have a non-refundable ticket to Asia that expires by 12/32/2019 and unfortunately due to family plans I cannot travel in that time period. Does anyone have any insight how I might be able to redress this or convince Delta to push the expiration date back?
What is the expiration date????
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Originally Posted by jmathes34 View Post
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I have a non-refundable ticket to Asia that expires by 12/32/2019 and unfortunately due to family plans I cannot travel in that time period. Does anyone have any insight how I might be able to redress this or convince Delta to push the expiration date back?
That's not a valid date in common U.S. formats. If you update the date I will try to get this into a suitable thread.

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Old Nov 23, 18, 9:55 am
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MODS: I spent a little time working on the wiki.

I think this thread title should be changed to "Mileage Upgrade Awards." This is because that is what Delta calls a mileage upgrade in the way it is being discussed in this thread, and Delta calls the pay with miles type of upgrade "Upgrading with Miles" which is the current name of this thread. It's confusing that this thread is titled with a program that is the other mileage upgrade program.

I added an explanation in the wiki to help clarify the difference (others please check to see if what I wrote makes sense).

Thanks.
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I second the above request. The content in this thread is clearly about DL's Mileage Upgrade Awards which is very different from DL's Upgrading with Miles option.
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The thread title change will be done!

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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
The thread title change will be done!

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I waitlisted for my flight from ICN to SEA, and the amounted quoted was 45,000 miles. Agent said that this is required amount for YBM fares...

Iím really hoping that I clear soonish...(though my flight isnít until the first wk of Jan.)
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